NW16 11/26 Recruiting Patient Advisory Committee Volunteers

ESRD Network 16 is recruiting for new volunteers to serve on our Patient Advisory Committee (PAC).  PAC members:

  • Advise on Network education and outreach
  • Assist with Network Quality Improvement Activity design and interventions
  • Meet with Medicare (CMS) on conference calls to provide feedback from a patient perspective

Most PAC activities are conducted by phone call and email, though there are occasional opportunities for in person meetings.  Any travel to in-person meetings will be funded by the Network.

Please share the Informational Flyer at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PAC/Nw16PACFlyer1118.pdf, and the Application form at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/PAC/Nw16PACForm1118.pdf, with patients and care partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington that might be interested.  Application forms are due to the Network by November 26, 2018.

HDC Fluid Restriction Calculator

Home Dialysis Central has published a Dialysis Fluid Restriction Calculator to answer the question, “How much can I drink between dialysis sessions?” individualized for each patient.  For the Calculator and discussion, see https://homedialysis.org/news-and-research/blog/265-a-new-dialysis-fluid-restriction-calculator.

Preventing Organ Stunning

Home Dialysis Central has published a summary of “organ stunning,” where dialysis removes too much water, or removes it too quickly, and your internal organs are shocked.  This can damage your organs, and the damage may be cumulative.  The HDC article covers the causes and processes of organ stunning, and most important, describes how you can avoid it.  Find the article at https://homedialysis.org/life-at-home/articles/organ-stunning-on-hemodialysis-what-is-it-and-what-can-you-do.

4/9+ IHI 2018 National Forum

The 2018 IHI National Forum will be held December 9-12, 2018 in Orlando FL, with the theme Making Better Healthcare for All.  Speaker proposals will be accepted through April 9, 2018.  Early registration discounts expire September 28, 2018.  Academic scholarships and special discounts are also available.  Find more information and register at http://www.ihi.org/education/Conferences/National-Forum-2018/Pages/default.aspx.

2/28 Focus Group Nominations

UM-KECC is seeking nominations for patients, caregivers, and providers to participate on one of several focus groups on Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO).  The focus groups will be held to elicit feedback and suggestions for draft question content for two PRO measure topics, Patient Life Goals and Patient Feeling of Safety.  The focus groups will be 2 hour webinar teleconference meetings.  Patient and caregiver nominations require a brief statement of interest, a CV or resume if relevant, and disclosure of any conflicts of interest.  Submit this material to dialysisdata@umich.edu by February 28, 2018.  Contact Jordan Affholter at affjorda@med.umich.edu with any questions.  For details and a conflict disclosure form, see https://annanurse.org/article/call-nominations-esrd-patient-reported-outcomes-focus-groups-january-24-18.

NW16 Exemplary Facilities

The October issue of Network 16 News features Congratulations for the 2017 Exemplary Practice Awards, presented at the NW16 Annual Quality Conference in Seattle October 22, 2017.  Awards were given for Patient Engagement, Quality Innovation in reducing long-term catheters and hospital acquired infections, and Data Accuracy and Timeliness.  The Awards went to Northwest Kidney Centers, North Spokane Renal Center, McMinnville Dialysis, St. Peters Hospital, and the Fort Peck Tribal Dialysis Unit.

This issue also includes a “Question Corner” on the NW16 2018 Quality Improvement Activities, and a “Hot Dates” list that includes:

  • CNSW NW Chapter Fall Educational Conference November 3, 2017 in Issaquah WA
  • CNSW OR SW-WA Chapter Workshop November 8, 2017 in Portland OR
  • NWRN Annual Conference March 8-9, 2018 in Spokane WA
  • NKF Spring Clinical Meetings April 11-14, 2018 in Austin TX

Find more information about these Hot Dates on our Facility Calendar at https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/staff-education-calendar/ .  A copy of this issue of Network 16 News resides at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/Nw16N/Exemplary1017.pdf , and a full catalog of back issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

11/13 CMS ED Measure Comment Request

As part of a contract with the University of Michigan to develop a quality measure on Hospital Emergency Department Visits, CMS has issued a call for public comments, which are due by 13 November, 2017.  For more information and comment instructions, see https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/PC-Currently-Accepting-Comments.html#0001 .